Published On: Fri, Jul 28th, 2017

BREAKING: Japan warns North Korea missile may have hit ships and planes

Officials fear the massive ordnance may have hit ships or planes in the Sea of Japan and are nervously awaiting confirmation.

The intercontinental ballistic missile is believed to have landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

It is not yet known if any vessels or aircraft were hit. 

Japan’s Government has established an emergency participation team with relevant ministries and agencies as the threat to the country was decried as “grave” by prime minister Shinzo Abe.

According to officials, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the launch at 11.41pm local time (2.41pm BST) of a missile into Japanese territory.

Officials were scrambled for an emergency meeting in Japan.

A statement said: “As long as North Korea continues such provocative actions, there is no avoiding maintaining close contact with the international community – starting with the United States, South Korea, China and Russia – and further strengthening the pressure.”

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the North Korean missile flew for about 45 minutes. Japanese broadcast NHK citing a military official said the missile reached an altitude of more than 3,000 km (1,860 miles).

South Korean military said the missile was believed to be an ICBM-class, flying more than 1,000 km and reaching an altitude of 3,700 km. The US Pentagon also said it had assessed that the missile was an ICBM.

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